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23 May 2017, 09:33
Police have confirmed that children are among the dead in last night's tragedy.
An explosion at the end of a sold-out Ariana Grande concert has killed 22 people and injured 59 others.
Police say that the incident, which occurred at around 10:35pm last night (22nd May), was carried out by a lone male attacker carrying an improvised explosive device.
Footage which later surfaced online showed young fans inside the venue running and screaming after the explosion.
Children are sadly among those who died, Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins has confirmed.
EXPLOSION AT MANCHESTER ARENA AND EVERYONE RAN OUT SO SCARY pic.twitter.com/pJbUBoELtE— ♡♡ (@hannawwh) May 22, 2017
Police also say that the bombing is being treated as a terrorist incident.
A detailed forensic search is reportedly under way at the arena, whilst the nearby Manchester Victoria train station will remain closed "until at least the end of today".
Twitter users have been reaching out and appealing for information on the several young people who remain reported missing.
For those with concerns over loved ones who still remain unaccounted for, or those worried about family or friends should call 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900.
Ariana Grande was not harmed in the attack, and later took to Twitter to share a message with fans.
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
Manchester Arena said that the incident occurred outside the venue "in a public space", whilst others have said it happened in a foyer area.
Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, said after the incident: "After our darkest of nights, Manchester is waking up to the most difficult of dawns.
"It is hard to believe what has happened here in the last few hours and to put into words the shock, anger and hurt that we feel today.
"These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorise and kill. This was an evil act. We are grieving today, but we are strong."